Last week’s bus accident, which killed a 22-year-old bicyclist from Mission Hill, highlights the dangers of biking around congested city streets. It has also spurred Boston cyclists to fight for better safety measures.
Fatal bike accidents are not common in Massachusetts. In fact, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles reports that out of the more than 700 cycling accidents in 2008, only 10 resulted in fatalities.
However, cyclists say that drivers ignore them the road and that trolley tracks, particularly those on Huntington Avenue, where cyclists must pedal through traffic, pose a safety threat.
Transit authorities are still investigating the recent bus accident but say there is no evidence that the cyclist’s wheels got stuck in the trolley tracks.
Source: Cyclists urging safety measures after fatal crash, Boston Globe, April 9, 2010
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